New Delhi, Sept. 2: Three Telugu Desam MPs, who had been suspended for holding up the Lok Sabha but had stayed put long after the House was adjourned for the day, were bodily lifted and bundled out late this evening.
The trio were evicted around 10pm, some eight hours after Speaker Meira Kumar had wrapped up proceedings following a ruckus over the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The MPs, part of a group of four, had been suspended earlier too for five days for disrupting the House.
Today, trouble started after N. Sivaprasad walked into the well wearing an Indira Gandhi mask, accompanied by his Desam colleagues. He addressed the treasury benches but his target appeared to be Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who was not present. With Left and Trinamul members protesting against the fuel price hike, nothing could be heard in the din.
A Congress MP later said the Desam member tried to play Indira Gandhi. “When I did not divide Andhra Pradesh, why are you doing so? Don’t divide the state,” the MP quoted Sivaprasad as saying. Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House and suspended nine Andhra MPs — the Desam quartet and five from the Congress — for five days.
Congress MPs and the Desam members then had a heated exchange. Some MPs said the Congress’s Sandip Dikshit clashed with Sivaprasad.
When the House reconvened around 2pm, the BJP demanded an apology from Dikshit while the Desam four refused to leave. The BJP is learnt to have threatened to stall the House if the Desam MPs were evicted. The House was then adjourned for the day. Sivaprasad left around 5pm, but his Desam colleagues stayed put.